The Dark World of Abortion Part IV: Abortion is Big Business
[This the final part of our series on the Esquire article “The Abortion Ministry of Dr. Willie Parker.” Here is Part I: “More Oversight Needed,” Part II: “Special Treatment” and Part III,“Don’t Think; Just Conceal.”]
I agree with writer John H. Richardson that Dr. Willie Parker is an abortion “minister,” more than a doctor. He promotes abortion as good for women, not as something that is unfortunately necessary, as some people think of abortion. But Richardson and I seem to disagree greatly on the type of “minister” Dr. Parker is. Richardson tries to portray a lone missionary on the fields of a far away country, ministering to the needy at great cost and sacrifice. He highlights how the doctor, “decided to give up his fancy career to become an abortion provider.” But the facts don’t bear that out at all.
When it comes to money, everything is relative, of course, so I guess an argument can be made. Recently, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said when she and President Bill Clinton moved out of the White House they were “dead broke.” Okay. In that sense, you can argue Dr. Parker is suffering from leaving his “fancy career.” In the real world kind of sense though, the world many of the women he is “helping,” where a yearly income of $15,000 or $30,000 is enough for a family, he definitely has a fancy career. Even when compared to the average median household income in the U.S. ($51,017), Dr. Parker is well off.
But don’t take my word for it; we just have to read the article. “Parker flies down from his home in Chicago for several days twice a month” to the clinic in Mississippi. That is impressive. Some families have never been able to afford to board an airplane. Indeed, I have never met a missionary making that kind of money. And remember, this is just one of several clinics Dr. Parker goes to in the mission to preach his “gospel.”
It is interesting that Mr. Richardson develops almost every aspect of Dr. Parker’s abortion ministry profile except this one. He quotes women’s questions at several points and gives Dr. Parker’s full answers, but not when it came to the woman who came in and just wanted to know, “How much is it?” A nice picture of the clinic follows the question on the online version, but no answer. Richardson moves on very quickly from the topic.
I went to the clinic’s website to find out the answer Richardson did not want to give us, and here is the breakdown:
Early Abortion (4-11.6 weeks LMP) – $530
D&E Abortion (12-13.6 weeks LMP) – $700
D&E Abortion (14.1-16.0 weeks LMP) – $800
Abortion by Pill- $600
RhoGam for Rh negative women (11 weeks and under) – $75
RhoGam for Rh negative women (12 weeks and over) – $125
And of course, “Full payment must be made on the day of the abortion.” After reading the line, I quickly searched for the local crisis pregnancy center to see what they said about their services and found that it “provides a variety of FREE and CONFIDENTIAL services to meet clients’ needs,” (emphasis in original) including: “Free lab quality pregnancy tests with immediate results,” “Compassionate care from client advocates,” “Free limited sonograms,” and “Post-Abortion Counseling and Support Groups,” (this last service, of course, is never mentioned on abortion clinic websites or by Dr. Parker or by abortionists in general). The contrast is telling.
But back to poor “minister” Parker. Now we know abortion can cost from $530-$800. They always advertise “financial assistance,” but a friend was given a $635 price with financial assistance for an abortion at 15 weeks, so let’s not overstate that either. If we just take the middle number ($700) and multiply it times the 2,000 abortions a year the article says the clinic performs, that’s more than a million bucks ($1,400,000.00). And only two doctors practice there.
But that’s not all. We must then multiply that for several clinics, since Richardson explains that Dr. Parker is doing “a circuit roughly similar… to the one traveled by Dr. David Gunn,” who according to The New York Times,was making the circuit of six clinics. A million and a half times six is not bad for a missionary ($8,400,000.00 using our previous number). He is not pocketing all that, for sure, but let’s just say he is well above the median income of our nation. Former abortionist Carol Everett has said she made $260,000.
Abortion is big business, make no mistake about it. Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, had net revenues of $1.21 billion in 2013, according to its annual report. Cecile Richards, its president makes $400,000 a year. Parker is a zealot, to be sure, but he is certainly not a poor one.
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